ModNation Racers is a good-looking game, but it's no LittleBigPlanet. The environments are in dire need of a bold and fresh aesthetic, and the Sackpeople trillion-up the Mods on every conceivable level. But let's not get caught up in the comparison game. All the customization options mesh together in a way that can only be described as mind-blowing. The karts look great and the power-ups blow up real nice. However, the framerate could use a bit of work. In truth, there's only one serious technical downside to ModNation Racers: it's plagued by the longest load times I've ever encountered on a next-gen console. They leave me wondering what the mandatory hard drive install was for.
Mods are given voices, and I'm not sure that was such a great idea. Tag isn't exactly surrounded by a likable cast. And don't get me started on ModNation hosts Biff and Gary. Their personalities are more repellent than a can of Raid; you will pray that a power-up will stray off course and blow them to ModHell. The soundtrack fares a bit better. The ModSpot features a groovy bit of bass-heavy funk, which is a good thing, since you'll likely spend a good bit of your time there.